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Pharmacy technician (United Kingdom)

  • Generic name of profession

    Pharmaceutical technician/Pharmaceutical assistant
  • Identification

    Name of regulated profession:
    Pharmacy technician
    United Kingdom
    Great Britain
  • Legal information

    Legal basis for regulation

    EU Law :

    Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and the Directive 2005/36/EC on recognition of professional qualifications

    National legislation:

    The Pharmacy Order 2010

    Useful link:


    Type of regulation :

    Protected title by virtue of a licensing system based on being appropriately qualified followed by an assessment of fitness to practise. This is provided by the Pharmacy Order 2010


    Recognition under:
    DIRECTIVE 2005/36/EC
    Additional information :
    Recognition under Directive 2005/36/EC:
    General system of recognition - primary application
    Qualification level:
    DSE - Diploma (post-secondary education), including Annex II (ex 92/51, Annex C,D) , Art. 11 c
    Prior check of qualifications for a temporary and/or occasional provision of services:
  • Activities

    Description of activities:

    The title of pharmacy technician is protected. Only persons who intend to practise as a pharmacy technician in Great Britain, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man are entitled to be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council. The activities of a pharmacy technician can include undertaking any work or giving any advice in relation to the preparation, assembly, dispensing, sale, supply or use of medicines, the practice of pharmacy or the provision of healthcare. A pharmacy technician works under the supervision, direction or guidance of a pharmacist.

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